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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Leave My Heart Beating For You!

Romance is in the air, but it doesn't have to be because of Valentines. Valentines is far away, but love still blooms. New Romances and old Romances are celebrating every day. The bonds that hold us together that ease us through the day. Sometimes it is the reason we live, sometimes we wait for that Love to come into our lives - the reason we exist.

So lets celebrate with these gorgeous Heart Throbs on Etsy from the Treasury "Leave My Heart Beating For You!" Inspired by the Non Team Challenge #2 and FlutterbyeNotes cards of all forms of Love.



FlutterbyeNotes won the Non Team Treasury Challenge #1 and selected this particular item for the second Challenge.Going with the flow, inspired by the tiny pink heart I chose love as my theme of choice.

Finding Romantic treasures on Etsy was not hard to come by, but the perfect fit for the Treasury was. Among the ones I selected was this gorgeous set of Hand Painted Wine Glasses painted with tiny flowers into interwining hearts by RaeSmith.



This beautiful Heart Necklace by Bijunea speaks for itself. 







Kreatus makes wonderful pottery, and this beautiful piece speaks volumes in the language of romance.





And what is romance without some delicious chocolates? Truffles to be exact. Every woman needs to indulge in chocolates, and there is nothing like a man delicately placing a truffle on our lips. LoveBirdChocolates provides just the right truffles for that special occasion!



Want to see more Heart Throb items to get your romance on? Check out this treasury!

Leave My Heart Beating For You!


And don't forget to check out the Non Team Treasury Challenge!!

Treasury Challenge Non Team

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cameos are in!

Cameos have survived the ages since they've been first created. Almost in every style you can find cameos. Here you can find a collection of cameos across Etsy in various styles. "Love Me a Cameo" Treasury displays a few of many crafty and imaginative Etsians using cameos in their artwork. A few of these great artisits you will find below. If you like their work, check out the Treasury and their Shops for more great designs.

Cameos represent the Victorian Era, so it is no surprise that it can be found in the ever growing trend of Steampunk, such as MizzDraconia's "The Scientist Choker".



Cameos often signify romance in their presentation of beuatiful and elegant women. There has always been a touch of romance (however tragic) in the gothic style and therefore cameos are very popular among goths, especially those depicting skulls and skeletons, such as FaerieDustDesigns's "Danse Macabre Vintage Escutcheon Cuff".


As macabre and grim as these can be, cameos also represent femininity. Not all cameos are presented in such a dark fashion. The above pieces are dynamic and beautiful but it reaches out only to those who enjoy Steampunk and Gothic Fashion or lifestyle. What about us more lady like women? We haven't been left out. AmazingDesign has created a very feminine, vintage style piece. This "Gold Victorian Lady Cameo" would easily suit a woman who likes to express her feminine side.






Cameos don't need to be about women however. A cameo can depict just about anything. LovedtoDeath has taken the idea of a cameo and ran away with it. In her piece, she has used preserved Prairie Dog Paw and sealed it in resin on a cameo. This "Prairie Dog Paw Silver Cameo Necklace" is not for everyone, but for the sake of wearing original jewelry, you will certainly get some attention.




Infinitales has gone ahead and used modern cartoon characters in her "Ephemeral Dancer" in a vintage style cameo in the shape of a butterfly.




Check out "Love Me a Cameo" for more great Cameos in various styles and methods of design.





Monday, October 11, 2010

ONE DAY ONLY!! Thanksgiving SALE!

I am having a 20% off Thanksgiving Sale for all items above 10 dollars in my SHOP! Get it while it's hot, it ends at midnight!

Send me the following code at the time of purchase to receive the discount.

Code: Turkey

Enjoy your holidays!
Melissa,

A New Team that isn't a Team

A Treasury mania is what it is. A fun, and inspiring idea benefiting everyone who joins. Dottyral had come up with an amazing idea that she had shared with us here on the Business Forum on how to utilize the Treasury with a group of people in order to display and advertise each others work as well as their own in a fun and competitive manner.

This idea has excited dozens of Etsians, and it is sure to take off with a hoot!

Dottyral has gone and made a Blog for this specific on-going event, called "Treasury Challenge NonTeam". Here fellow Etsians have the chance to read more about this fantastic ideas and how to participate. This week is the very first week, so expect some more ideas and rules to be tweaked as we see how it works out.

Inspired by this idea, FabricFascination had gone ahead and created a Treasury called "Plum and Gold" of all the Etsians that were currently excited about this NonTeam and had signed up.

The Idea of these Treasuries is to showcase other NonTeam members in Treasuries, and tagging these Treasuries specifically for this on-going event. The Etsian who had created the best Treasury has an item selected from their own shop that will then be showcased in every Treasury of the upcoming week challenge.


So what are you waiting for? Join up and get started!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Grace me with Leaves and Trees from the Ocean of Life

Fall has come rather fast, and our gorgeous trees are turning all shades of reds, oranges and yellows. It will be a long cold season before we see the buds of new life spring again, so here's a Treasury dedicated to nature's natural air purifiers: Grace me with Leaves and Trees...


Honorable Mentions from the Treasury!


daydreemdesigns has created these beautiful hand engraved wine glasses. I cannot imagine the immense detail and time that went into each individual glass. These are truly remarkable!



RaceTay always takes great photos. She knows exactly what she is doing, and captures rich and crisp scenes. Here is a beautiful print of Cherry Blossoms.


mythunderstood creates amazing jewelry and neck pieces. This here is one of her most captivating pieces. A great piece for Halloween or as a statement.



 Rossawanlight creates amazing light fixtures with intense, dynamic colors of various floral and leaf designs. It is hard to pass one of these great fixtures by without taking a closer look.




These few items featured in the Leaf and Tree Treasury is only a taste of what you'll see.

Have a close look at the Treasury and see for yourself the wonderful talents on Etsy!

Grace me with Leaves and Trees from the Ocean of Life Treasury!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Whole New Look

It is funny how it hit me. While lounging on my favorite pink chair in the living room, I happened to look up at my two blue roses that I had dried over a year ago when it dawned on me. Why not use the roses as a prop?

So long I had been wanting to have a set of props to create a theme for my jewelry in the background to set a feel and mood to the images and jewelry I was displaying. I had been struggling with what to purchase to create that mood. How do I hang them?

With my new roommate I can now show my jewelry on models, but with rediscovering the items around my home that are potential props, I now can finally create much better pictures.

Here are some examples!!



Beautiful deep blues in this pair of earrings works really well with the blue and white props. These earrings can be found here at: Dainty Sapphire Blue Czech Earrings






This here also works very well with the silver and purple in this necklace. In fact this is my favorite picture of all the pictures I took of this necklace that I have recently made.You can find the necklace here at: Elegant Jasper Necklace on Etsy

However I have found that the color of the wooden table , though a lovely color in these pictures, doesn't tend to work very well with pinks. I have rediscovered my Printer's grey surface so I believe from here onward I will have to take my Jewelry Photo-ops on the Printer and hope it doesn't turn out tacky.

See for yourself!


These are very cute earrings with a pale pink 8mm faceted glass bead at the end, however the delicate color is absorbed by the wooden table. You can barely see the pink. I've found pink not to be a good match with this table for that reason. If you like the earrings though, they can be found here: Light Pink Swarovski Earrings



I hope you like my new look, I certainly do, but it will need some tweaking for jewelry of other colors such as reds and greens, and of course pink!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Busy Busy Busy Bee

I've taken a break from crafting my Jewelry and paid small attention to my shop as I arranged a friend to move in with myself and my grandfather.

The economy has hit everyone pretty hard in one way or another. Perhaps we sometimes don't feel the pinch right away, but there certainly have been changes in the past year.

Everyone has worked hard, but as we have found out, sometimes hard work goes without notice.

A friend of mine has worked very hard, but despite her hard work and her endevour to be a Vetrinarion Technician, coming by work here in Ontario has been very difficult for her field. Feeling the pinch she became desperate after losing her previous job and ended up needing a place to go with very little funds to support herself.

So I had taken her in and made what accomodations I can to help her. Having been a roomate with her before 3 years ago, I was mostly prepared for this big move and integration with her 2 cats with my 3 and my German Shepherd.

Things have been going well, but I've been extra busy, especially with having to clean up after her as well. As a result, I took a week off.

But now I'm back, and my shop will be filling up with earrings - some from the Art Show. With her help, she and I can model for my jewelry which works out great.

Pictures and some highlights of my recent work will be coming soon!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sahetah's Jewelry!

Just a few things from my shop. Have a look!